Phil Chevron of The Pogues, formerly of the Radiators from Space was laid to rest in Dublin today. It is through the music of the Pogues that I met my wife and I thank him for that. The Pogues and their lyrics are a huge part of my book, albeit you'd have to be a massive Pogues fan to see what I hope are discrete mentions. I wrote to Phil about six months ago and asked his permission to use some of his characters and even some lines froma particualr song "Young Ned of the Hill" and he had the grace and generosity to say yes and he wished me luck with my story. From youtube this is one of my all-time favourite songs and one that he wrote about the Irish during the so-called famine who left our shores for the New World - America and it resounds today as many thousands still make the trip for the same reasons they did back in the 1840s. How one man can put such emotion and sheer power into one song astounds me. Where e'er we go, we celebrate, The land that makes us refugees - for everybody who've left their land for a better life n someone else's, enjoy and think of Phil. Phil Chevron I thank you for your music, your lyrics and your unknowing contribution to me personally. Go raibh maith agat!